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Symphonic (summer) season
Written by M.T.   

 

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The summer Symphony Season opens, in Venice's sultry month of July, with two appointments. On the 4th and 5th of the month, James Conlon will conduct the orchestra of the Theatre in a programme in which we will listen to the choral prelude for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach.

 

Among the eighteen choral compositions from the Lipsia Autograph, this piece is perhaps the most intense and profound, with its solemnly ornate melody that creates an atmosphere of sweet, serene saraband. The conclusion of this reaches the most sublime ecstasy.

 

Lightness gives way subsequently to the majestic, poignant Symphony n. 1 in Do major, opus 21, by Ludwig van Beethoven, followed by Johannes Brahms' Symphony n. 1 in Do minor, opus 68. The first steps of this latter work go back to 14 years before the actual final composition in 1876. On the 11th and 12th of July, it will be the turn of Eliahu Inbal, who will conduct "his" orchestra in the monumental Symphony n. 3 in Re minor for contralto, female chorus, children's chorus and orchestra, by Gustav Mahler. After a dark introduction, the extremely long first movement is transformed into a march, associated by some with the re-awakening of the god Pan.

 

The second movement, a minuet subtitled That which the flowers narrate, recalls the muted atmospheres of Mozartian classicism, while the third (That which the animals narrate to me) is characterized by long phrases, entrusted to an alt-horn behind stage. In the fourth and fifth movements, Mahler once again has recourse to the human voice: initially the contralto intones some verses by Friedrich Nietzsche; then there follows, in the fifth movement, a brief lied intoned by the female and children's choruses, imitating the sound of bells. The symphony ends with a vast Adagio in Re major.

 


M.T.

 

«Symphonic Season 2007-2008»
4-5, 11-12 July Teatro La Fenice
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